2021-11: Egypt: Fish: Temporary extension to shelf-life validity period for imported frozen fish from six to nine months

Date of issue: 28 April 2021

Date of effect: Immediate


  • Industries - Industry bodies - Seafood Export Consultative Committee
  • Export establishments
  • Exporters
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Central and Regional offices


To notify exporters of the temporary shelf life extension from six months to nine months for frozen fish imported into Egypt.

Summary of key points

  • On 30 December 2020, Egypt’s Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI) signed decree
    No. 653/2020. The decree renewed an earlier decision that extended the shelf life validity period for imported frozen fish from six to nine months until 30 June 2021.
  • As per Egyptian standard No. 2613-2/2008 (Shelf life for products Part 2: shelf life), the expiration date (i.e., best before, use by, expiry etc.) applied to frozen fish exported to Egypt is to be nine months from the date of slaughter of the fish used to prepare the product.
  • For more information, please refer to the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality website.

It is advised that exporters contact their importers to confirm requirements.

Further information

Contact ExportStandards@awe.gov.au if you have any queries.

The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Last reviewed: 28 April 2021
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